Intel Corp. (NASDAQ: INTC) announced on Wednesday its 17-qubit superconducting test chip for quantum computing. The chip was delivered to QuTech, Intel’s quantum research partner in the Netherlands. Intel says the new chip features a unique design to “achieve improved yield and performance.”
“Our quantum research has progressed to the point where our partner QuTech is simulating quantum algorithm workloads, and Intel is fabricating new qubit test chips on a regular basis in our leading-edge manufacturing facilities,” said Dr. Michael Mayberry, corporate vice president and managing director of Intel Labs.
The chip shows the rapid progression that Intel and QuTech are making in the field of quantum computing systems. It also shows the importance of material science and semiconductor manufacturing in making advances to quantum computing.
Intel defines quantum computing as the “ultimate in parallel computing.” Quantum computing has the potential to solve problems that conventional computers cannot solve, which makes them far more superior.
But, Qubits are very fragile and require extreme conditions in order to operate and store data. Small mishaps such as noise or unintended observation can lead to data loss. Qubits are also required to operate at temperatures 250 times colder than deep space. These conditions are essential for qubits to operate at their best performance.
The extreme necessities to operate the 17-qubit chip will deliver better results than other models. It will provide a more improved reliability, thermal performance, and reduced radio frequency interference between qubits.
“Intel’s expertise in fabrication, control electronics and architecture sets us apart and will serve us well as we venture into new computing paradigms, from neuromorphic to quantum computing.” Mayberry also said.
Intel is currently looking into multiple qubit types to further expand research and development of quantum computing systems.